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Jo’s Jottings: Saying goodbye to Apple Market, a pillar of the community

By Jo Ellen Dale

Again, I must print a correction.  In the item about the trip which Cheryl McIntosh took with her grandchildren I misspelled the name of one.  It should have been Elicya instead of IIicya.  So sorry.
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I have recently viewed some of the antiques from the Kirkland family that are now for sale.  One item which I especially liked was a late 1800s pump organ in perfect condition.  If anyone is interested in viewing or buying they should contact Janet LaBarr.
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Wednesday morning our breakfast club met as usual at Our Place and we were delighted that Peggy Sullard could join us. We also found that the Skyles were planning a celebration for their 40th wedding anniversary. May they enjoy many more happy ones.
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At the Rotary Club meeting a very interesting program was presented by Natalie Macey on her bail bond business. I was unaware that the organization provided so many different services in addition to the bail bonding.  There is drug testing of all kinds, house arrest monitoring, background checks, private process server and notary.  The office is open Monday through Friday and is available for evening appointments. It prides itself on being one of the leaders in the Court & Employee Drug Testing field.  Macey is certified and has completed the American Screening Drug Test Training Program.
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I am heart sick that we are losing Apple Market, our last home-owned grocery store.  I have been a “frequent buyer” all the way back to the store owned by Jim Johnston.  I consider all of the employees and the owners close friends and they have looked after me when I absentmindedly left something behind like my groceries, my wallet or some inconsequential thing.  Any time that I felt a little down I could go out and their smiles and friendly greetings would cheer me up. Or perhaps  I would go out for a cup of coffee and to browse around, thus getting a little exercise. Farewell, old friends. You will be missed.  Best of luck to all of  you.
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This morning on my daily trip to Apple Market I encountered Meera Paul and she told me that they had just returned from a wonderful trip to Buffalo, N.Y. to visit with relatives and friends.  I am glad that they have returned safely.
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On Friday, John W. Carter Lodge cooked its delicious barbecue.  My favorite is the brisket, but other things they offer are just as good.  On Saturday, Sept. 7, they will have their annual banquet and dance from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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I am delighted that surprise lilies including mine are coming up all over town.  Several years ago mine were accidentally mowed down when they were in the green leaf stage and I feared it was the end of them.  Not so.  They add beautiful color to the landscape.
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Sunday, at the United Christian Presbyterian Church the 50-year-plus members were honored during the service and at a reception after church.  I was among them, having joined the Christian church in Richmond in 1955.
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I have heard from Marilyn Forlow that several members of the Town and Country China Painting Club were recent winners at the fine arts competition held at the Missouri State Fair.  There were six categories as follows:  Portraits, 1st place, Mildred Miller of Richmond for “Woman on a Pendant”; 2nd place, Debbie Cowherd of Carrollton for “Man called Orry” on a tile; Scenery, 2nd place, Doris Mathews of Lawson for “Turkeys on a Large Platter”; Miniatures, 3rd place, Jane Happy of Camden for “Zentangle” (intricate penwork) on a pendant; Fruit, 2nd place, Marilyn Forlow of Rayville for “Red Apples on a Large Platter”; 3rd place, Doris Mathews of Lawson for “Currants on a Large Bowl”; Best in Show was Debbie Cowherd of Carrollton for “Portrait of Clint Eastwood.” Debbie had framed the tile in a wooden frame with a metal boot and lasso.  She adds that club members demonstrate their work each year at the Mushroom Festival and last year they were featured at the Farris Arts District’s Friends Gallery Christmas Show and Sale.  Our warm congratulations to all.
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Denver Horton writes that on Aug. 1,  he, his wife Sherri and Kyra Smith went to Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. to watch their son Cody Horton graduate from basic training for the Missouri Army National Guard.  The temperatures ranged from 100 to 105 every day. Cody is now in Arizona for his Advanced Individual Training.  He will be a Military Intelligence Analyst for the 311 BSB in Lexington.  He has followed in his father’s footsteps and Denver is very proud.  Denver is a combat veteran and is still a member of the Missouri Guard.  Denver’s father, Denver D. Horton, Sr. was a seabee in World War II and passed away long before Cody was born, but would have been just as proud of him. Cody is a graduate of Richmond High and is attending UCM for a degree in Criminal Justice.  The Hortons say they’re very proud of him and support what this community gives to the military. We add our congratulations.
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Try to stay cool and send me your news,            DaleDbdale@aol.com

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